The Need

The Need

A Novel

eBook - 2019 | First Simon & Schuster edition
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From LA Times Book Prize finalist and author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat comes a subversive speculative thriller about a mother of two young children who, by confronting a masked intruder in her home, slips into an existential rabbit hole where she grapples with the dualities of motherhood--joy and dread, longing and suffocation--in blazing, arresting prose.
"When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it's the sleep deprivation. She's been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It's what mothers do, she knows. But then the footsteps come again, and she catches a glimpse of movement. Suddenly Molly finds herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly must also acknowledge her own frailty. Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion. In The Need, Helen Phillips has created a subversive, speculative thriller that comes to life through blazing, arresting prose and gorgeous, haunting imagery. Helen Phillips has been anointed as one of the most exciting fiction writers working today, and The Need is a glorious celebration of the bizarre and beautiful nature of our everyday lives"--FantasticFiction.com.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2019
Edition: First Simon & Schuster edition
ISBN: 9781982113186
1982113189
9781982113162
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9781982113179
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Characteristics: c
Alternative Title: Need

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Legend62
Mar 24, 2021

Interesting premise. Well written. Fast read. The thrills and intrigue building throughout the book. Then, as if someone rang a bell and told the author that they needed to get the book to their publisher...a terrible, short, one page, uninspiring, uninteresting ending. I stayed up an hour past my normal bedtime to finish the book as it was going so well then...awww man......really....The next day I reread the last two chapters...nope....didn't help....It felt like a race that you have been in, loving it, to reach the finish line to see the staff packing up to go elsewhere...an end that is unsatisfying...leaving you thinking..... how long did I race....what was it for.....it was not worth it...sorry!

OPL_AnnaW May 01, 2020

An over-worked mother faces an intruder in her home, while also navigating a possible rift in time and space.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 05, 2020

A unique read with an interesting look at possible worlds. Will be most relatable by those who have been mothers themselves.

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carolarens
Mar 12, 2020

The beginning is riveting and it quickly digresses into weirdness. Fast read which will leave you puzzling what it is about other than a stressed out mother who is probably schizophrenic.

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laphampeak
Sep 22, 2019

The beginning really engaged - What's that noise?, Why is there a masked person in my living room?, etc. The dual Molly (Moll) appears and parallels her life sans kids. Overall, the idea and flow were great but got bogged down by too many milk let-downs and mommy moments.

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mtipping
Aug 14, 2019

OK, started off good but kind of pettered out. Post Pregnancy stress.

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Katie_Dublin
Jul 26, 2019

This book is like a surreal, mind-bending episode of the Twilight Zone. The synopsis doesn't really scratch the surface of what is going on, but I think it is better to be surprised.

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KatG1983
Jul 24, 2019

The Need totally caught me off guard. I was anticipating a thriller, and the first few chapters definitely sets it up as one; but the reveal regarding the intruder turns out to be surprising and compelling. The book is much more an examination of parenting, love and the dual selves that exist (the person you are vs. the parent you are). I don't want to give too much away, but I recommend reading this one. It'll have you thinking for a while - but don't expect the conclusion to be tied up in a neat bow.

OPL_EllyR Jun 25, 2019

The Need is delightfully unsettling. There's not much that can be said about it without doing readers a huge disservice by spoiling the plot, but it's the kind of book that I knew would be a one-day read after I finished the third chapter. Though it is a little speculative, the facets of the story that lean towards science fiction are minor and keep the world The Need takes place in eerily close to our own.

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ker0wyn
Jun 19, 2019

Holy moly, this book was riveting! It's got some great James VanderMeer-esque creepiness where everyday things take on a sinister shine, and it really makes you feel the intensity and paranoia of motherhood on a visceral level. Read this if you like great, sharp writing and don't mind a little weirdness or ambiguity.

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